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Delong to present lecture (12-6-99)

Mahlon Delong, M.D., of Atlanta, Ga., will present the upcoming Society for Neuroscience Grass Traveling Scientist Lecture at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Delong, the Timmie Professor in the Department of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine, will discuss the "Pathophysiologic Basis of Movement Disorders and Surgical Approaches." His lecture is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in room 209L of the Health Science Centerís Medical School building. The public is invited to attend.

Dr. Delong, one of the world's premiere experts on the study and treatment of Parkinson's disease, discovered in the early í90s that tremor and other stilted movements result from overactive, not underactive, cellular activity. This discovery led to his making critical refinements in pallidotomy (a type of surgery to relieve Parkinsonís symptoms) and deep brain stimulation. Both are treatments for movement disorders.

Throughout his career, Dr. Delong has made numerous contributions to understanding the neural basis of movement, particularly with regard to the role of basal ganglia, a set of structures at the base of the brain.

Contact: Will Sansom